Jamboree On The Internet (JOTI)
What is JOTA-JOTI?
JOTA-JOTI is an international jamboree taking place around the world simultaneously. It is organised by WOSM, the World Organization of the Scout Movement. Scouts from all over the world communicate over the Air (amateur radio) and the Internet using any technology locally available. There are loads of different ways to communicate, including text-based chat, voice chat, video chat, emails, blogs, and social media networks.
JOTA-JOTI allows you to build friendships around the world and to find out more about their culture and scouting life. ScoutLink has been the WOSM-approved way of participating in JOTI for over a decade.
Thousands of Scouts & Guides come to ScoutLink every year during JOTI. They come from different countries, scout groups, ages, nationalities, and cultures. This is a great opportunity to swap experiences, make new friends, and to learn more about Scouting & Guiding all around the world.
When is it?
How can I get involved?
It’s very simple – just choose one of the options below:
- Webchat, for simple and easy text chat
- Desktop chat applications, for text chat with more customisation
- TeamSpeak, for voice chat
As an optional extra, you can register on the JOTA-JOTI portal provided by WOSM, found here. This isn’t necessary to take part in JOTI, but it will give you a Jamboree IDentity (or JID). This is a special code which is used in a number of games and activities and can be swapped with other users as a way of logging how many people you’ve talked to. You can find the JID frequently asked questions here. The WOSM website also has activity packs that you could incorporate into your JOTI event.
How do I chat?
The main way that most people chat on ScoutLink is using our Webchat. Simply click the link, choose a nickname, and pick a channel.
Your nickname is how you will appear to others while on ScoutLink. It makes sense for this to be something unique to you, like your scout group, e.g. London1st-Adam . This is particularly helpful when you have a lot of people connecting from the same place, as it shows us that they’re all part of the same group. The default nickname is Chat_Guest_12345 – but you can choose something more exciting and unique than that! Note that your nickname can include letters, numbers, and the [ ] – _ symbols. However, the first character cannot be a number.
A ‘channel’ is a type of chatroom. ScoutLink is made up of lots and lots of channels, which makes up our network. Each channel is slightly different – some have specific languages that you’re allowed to use, others are for specific topics, and others are designed specifically to play games in. You can view a list of all our channels at PLACEHOLDER. The default channel on the network is #international – you can use any language there.
Make sure you and your Scouts/Guides are familiar with Our Network Rules. These rules are in place to make ScoutLink a safe and pleasant environment to chat in. They’re all common sense, but if you do have any questions about them, you can always ask in our #help channel.
Planning your event
Getting to know us
- Look at our rules.
- Get a feel for the webchat and how to do simple things (like change channel) so that you can help your group if they have issues.
- Ask any questions. Our Help Team is much less busy pre-JOTI so if you have the opportunity to ask questions about anything you don’t understand before the day, please use it!
Planning your event
- Make sure you’ve planned what is going to happen. Don’t expect to be able to sit your group in front of a computer for 3 hours without providing them with activities and focus.
- Think about where you’re hosting the event. How many computers does it have? How big is your group? We recommend that 1-2 people use a computer at once.
- It’s helpful to have a series of bases each with a different activity. Groups can rotate around each activity so that they get chance to do a lot of different activities in more manageable groups.
- Taking part in JOTI could help your young people achieve badges for the following things:
- IT/Digital Citizen
- World issues
- Have a look at our activity packs (coming soon) and see what tasks you can set your group to do while on the computer. The more activities you give them, the more engaged they will be.
- Here are some ideas of other activities your group could do that don’t require a computer:
- Contact an amateur radio club, and ask them to help you to take part in JOTA by talking on the radio to Scouts & Guides around the world
- Play wide games or treasure hunts outside
- Learn about morse code, semaphore, and other ways to communicate. You could borrow (or make!) a morse code machine, or make up your own secret language.
- Learn about global issues. You could make water filters out of plastic bottles, investigate ways of making electricity, or plan your own response to a humanitarian disaster.
- You could think about prizes for the young person who speaks with the most nationalities, or for people who successfully talk to a user in a different language.
- ScoutLink will be running various competitions over JOTI. We’ll release details closer to the time.
- Make sure your group is entertained. Bored groups end up making trouble because they don’t have anything else to do. If your group is getting bored, throw in an extra game outside or introduce a backup activity.
- Younger age groups (particularly Cubs and younger) may struggle when typing online. They might need you to explain things that people are saying, particularly if they’re talking to someone from a different country!
- You may need to guide your young people with conversation prompts. They could ask…
- Where are you from?
- How old are you?
- Are you a Scout or a Guide?
- How do you say ‘Be Prepared’ in your language?
- What colour is your necker?
- What does your country’s flag look like?
- What is your favourite thing about being a Scout or Guide?
- When did you last go camping?
- What badges have you achieved?
- What hobbies do you have?
- If you encounter any issues with other users breaking rules, make sure you tell an operator. JOTI is a very busy time for us, and some things may slip past our notice. You will always find operators available in the #help channel.
- Make sure you tweet us @ScoutLink with what you’re doing over the course of the JOTI weekend!
- Think about what went well and what could be improved upon next year. ScoutLink will have a feedback process which will be advertised after JOTI – your comments are really important to us and help us make JOTI better year after year.
- If you’ve done something particularly exciting or unique for JOTI, consider contacting your local press. It’s great publicity both for your group, and for scouting generally!
- If anybody has helped you run JOTI (e.g. loaned computers, ran activities for you) make sure you thank them!
Using more than 35 computers?
Our network allows 35 connections per IP address. If you are planning to connect more devices than this to our network (for instance, you’re organising a county JOTI camp), we’ll need to know in advance so that we can add an exception for you. If this is the case, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the IP address you plan to be connecting to JOTI with, and an approximate number of connections you expect.